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, someone who, i think on this occasion, literally needs no introduction. he is the man who created cnn. the reason that i am here and others are here working here. ted turner. welcome back, ted. >> good to be here. >> how does it feel to be back? >> good. >> does it? >> yeah. >> are you still proud of cnn? >> absolutely. >> do you still watch cnn. >> i watch it. you bet. >> you like what you see? >> i like most of what i see. >> you always said about cnn, the news should be the star. >> well, that was the philosophy that we started with. but it really was the only place open for us because all the other news networks, cbs, nbc and abc, they emphasized their stars and we didn't have any stars. we were lucky to have employees. >> if you had the competition that's around now in cable when you first started, in other words, if there had been a fox news with right wing star anchors, msnbc had rachel and the others. would you do anything differently? >> i'd have to really give it a lot of thought and a lot of study, which i have not done because nobody has asked he to do it. i value my time
viewers can go to our website for air times. cnn.com/fareed. >>> tonight, a man who changed television forever. >> this new service will be called a cable news network. >> ted turner has never been shy about speaking his mind. tonight, he tells all. >> the moneyed interests are taking over the country. >> mouth of the south. >> i lost my fortune, most of it. i have a billion or two left: you can get by on that if you economize. >> and a man whose ex-wife says this about it. i'm so proud of him. he's done so much good work in the world. >> george w. bush. >> i want to stay connected to the veteran community. i'm not going to be a public person. this is a rare interview for me. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." >> good evening the first ted turner, a tv pioneer. but, also, a very out spoken man and a rare interview for president george w. bush. if anyone knows about keeping america great is a former american president. >> after 9/11, millions of volunteers and they said i want to serve my country. and i'm -- i don't view it as anything personal. i view that as we were all serving togeth
. bush coming later and first on this occasion, literally no introduction. he is the man who created cnn. the reason i and others are here. ted turner. welcome back. how does it feel? >> good. >> does it? >> yeah. >> are you proud of cnn? >> absolutely. >> do you watch it? >> you bet. >> do you like what you see? >> most of it. >> you always said about cnn, the news should be the start. >> that was the philosophy that we started with, but it really was the only place open for us. all the other networks emphasized their stars and we didn't have any stars. we were luck to have employees. >> if you had the competition and if there had been a fox news with right wing star anchors, msnbc had rachel maddow and the others, would you do anything differently? >> i would have to give it a lot of thought and study which i have not done. nobody asked me to do it. i value my time greatly. i'm working on nuclear weapons and trying to get it to change over to clean energy and stabilize the population before the world is so overcrowded. i am working on things where i can make a difference now. i don't h
go to cnn.com/impact. it's on the bottom of your screen there. there you will find the organizations and the way to help those in need. >>> turkish fighter jets scrambled after syrian choppers near the border. a report on what sparked the bomber is next. and the owners of mississippi's only abortion clinic fights it from closing. [ male announcer ] this was how my day began. a little bird told me about a band... ♪ an old man shared some fish stories... ♪ oooh, my turn. ♪ she was in paris, but we talked for hours... everyone else buzzed about the band. there's a wireless mind inside all of us. so, where to next? ♪ so, where to next? what happens when classroom teachers get the training... ...and support they need? schools flourish and students blossom. that's why programs like... ...the mickelson exxonmobil teachers academy... ...and astronaut sally ride's science academy are helping our educators improve student success in math and science. let's shoot for the stars. let's invest in our teachers and inspire our students. let's solve this. >>> welcome back. you would think syr
. a live report from virginia just one minute away on cnn. families are getting their first look at what remains of their homes after a deadly wildfire tore through the neighborhoods of colorado springs. roads will be open for several hours allowing families to cautiously examine what's left of their homes. >> just been like a mess because those are people's lives and we are watching it. so my heart goes out to them. >> we should tell you that this area is under a red flag warning today which means a chance a fast moving fire could flare up again. we will go there live for you in a moment, as well. >>> turkey's military said today it scrambled fighter jets and took action after syrian helicopters got a little too close for comfort. turkey has ramped up presence along the border after a fighter jet was shot nine days ago. >>> mexicans are going to the polls today choosing a new president, officials calling it the largest and most complex in the country's history. in mexico city some polls opened late and lines stretched for blocks. polls close in less than three hours. >>> wide spread pow
: another source tells cnn mayor gray learned in january of this year that some of the money spent was not properly reported. contacted by cnn gray's attorney wouldn't comment. prosecutor's documents don't indicate whether gray knew of the secret spending at the time it was happening. moalethy says thas. >> i never saw evidence during the campaign that he knew about it at the time. >> reporter: for mary cha that is not good enough. >> people were acting in his name and for his benefit committed probably the biggest election fraud in the history of the district. i have asked him to resign as an act of public service. >> reporter: she is joined by two other council members. gray says he is not resigning. the swirl of scandal is nothing new in this building. other mayors have been accused of incompetence or outright corruption. forchler forchler -- former mayor was arrested for cocaine use. former mayor was investigated for steering contracts to a friend. he was clear. i asked analyst what has tainted the d.c. mayor's office? >> i think that if we had these higher positions that peopl
in the coming year. not much optimism there. >> i knew he was come through the area. he was actually on cnn this morning when you were out on the farm. let's just take a little bit of what he had to say and then i got a question four about prices. >> we obviously need to help these folks. this is why we have a safety net, this is why we need passage of a food farm and jobs bill quickly, why we need to then livestock producers in particular. it would impact and affect in the long haul food prices not as dramatically as some people expect because farmers get only 14 cents of every dollar but it will impact consumers. >> something caught my attention he's talking not only how it will impact our prices but jobs as well. >> reporter: these farms employ a lot of people. so, yeah. you know, not just dairy, but the crops themselves. two-thirds of an acre or two-thirds of the cost of an acre -- what they make in a bushel of corn, two-thirds of that is expenses. so they are not just throwing seed out there. it costs known plant an acre of land. so anything that they don't plant we don't have a crop t
elmo until he managed to dance out of danger. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> don't mess with the mascots. that does it for me. thank you very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." the news continues next on cnn. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. we're going to get you up to speed on the headlines right now, beginning with a deadly disease outbreak with no name and only children as victims. it's an illness doctors have never seen before and so far can't treat it or stop it. at least 61 children are dead, all in cambodia. the global medical community is stumped. >> it is very difficult to assess how dangerous and how rapidly spreading it will be if we don't know what we are dealing with. >> this mystery illness causes a respiratory attack that kills children. >>> federal agents busted a massive drug operation in tempe, arizona. they took in three tons of marijuana, 30 pounds of meth amphetamine and $2.4 million in cash. 20 people were arrested. >>> libyan people voting freely and openly. it is the first real live democrati
cnn newsroom with kyra phillips starts right now. >> it's 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 on the west. speaking out, george zimmerman calls his shooting of trayvon martin god's plan. it's outrage. his parents. >> guilty as charged, chick-fil-a's president claims his company is anti-gay marriage. we got the online uproar. >>> bashir assad, syria's embattled president mia one day after a suicide bomber achilles a powerful player in the regime, his brother-in-law. >>> but first the largest drought in 56 years. crippling our country right now. 1300 countries across 29 states are classified as disaster areas. a third of our country. fields are bone dry. crops withering, food spoiling and all of this is now threatening to drive up the cost of food for you and your family. now we've talked about corn and grain crops, but now the drought is threatening the nation's dairy supply. let's get right back to rob marciano. he's live in indiana. rob, let's talk about the livestock that supplies all of us with milk and cheese. is there enough food and water for them at this point? >> reporter: well, n
. congratulations, wow. >>> sounds like something out of a hollywood blockbuster. cnn's brian todd is in cape cod where some unwelcome guests are putting a damper on beachgoers' fun. >> reporter: it's the height of the summer vacation season here. behind me, just a beautiful beach here. the weather is great. our photo journalist is going to show you a sweep of the beach here. you'll notice there's no one in the water. that's for good reason. gorgeous weather at the height of summer. but they're only going in waist deep, and it's not because the water is cold. >> i grew up watching "jaws" in the '70s. i don't want to relive that. >> this is what they're worried about on cape cod. not far from where "jaws" was filmed, great white sharks are back. >> tuesday was the most recent sightings by a spotter pilot. >> reporter: each measures at least 14 feet. authorities identified 20 of these predators off the cape over the past three years and believe many more are lurking. a group called cape cod shark hunters tracks, photographs and tags the great whites. we're out off the cape looking for the sharks wi
>>> from aurora, colorado, this is "cnn saturday morning." good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> we are clear that we are going to rise back and lift ourselves above this. >> arora mourns as it tries to come to grips with this mass shooting at a movie theater. we are putting names with faces and learning new information this morning about the victims' identities. >> it is a very vexing problem how to enter that apartment safely. i personally have never seen anything like what the pictures show us. >> and right now, police and the atf are at suspect james holmes' apartment building. we have some live pictures for you now. they're trying to figure out how they're going to get inside and get past those booby traps that they say he set. shock, anger and disbelief as the community tries to make sense of a mass shooting inside a crowded movie theater. it was supposed to be a night of fun. 12 people are dead, 58 others injured. and the cover of today's "denver post" sums up the feeling here -- "our hearts are broken." ♪ how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me ♪ >> hundre
and slowly are trickling into the cnn newsroom. if you were tuned into the last hour, our pentagon correspondent barbara starr confirming staff sergeant jesse childress of the u.s. air force. if you remember, randi, four servicemen in all shot and wounded early friday morning in the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting, but we've just confirmed staff sergeant jesse childress of california. he was a member of the air force reserve, active duty. his family telling cnn that they were notified at about 1:00 a.m. this morning of his death. john larimer, petty officer with the u.s. navy, also among the list of deceased that cnn has been able to independently confirm. he's a 27-year-old, was in the u.s. navy for less than a year, and was serving his first post there in colorado. the family notified about his death last night. we spoke to -- i spoke to his father, scott, from crystal lake, illinois. he said "we send our thoughts and prayers out to families of the other victims and those still recovering in the hospital. we love you, john, and we will always miss you." matt mcquinn also
with cnn. they will be with me live right here later this evening. and it's becoming a very long, hot summer for a big chunk of the country. extreme heat is making life miserable for folks in the southern plains. heat advisories and heat warnings blanket parts of oklahoma and arkansas. temperatures spiking, listen to this, from 105 to 113 degrees. and that's the forecast through thursday. >>> there he is, getting the vip treatment almost presidential treatment in jerusalem. the presumed republican nominee, mitt romney, today, he weighed in on the status of jerusalem. he tells cnn he considers jerusalem the capital of israel and believes the american embassy should be there, not tel aviv. he also mentioned iran on the regional defense. >> we recognize israel's right to defend itself and its right to america to stand with you. >> also today in gentlemjerusal romney and his wife visited the western wall. you can see him putting a little piece of paper in there. one of the oldest in the old city. you can see him there making a prayer. one of the men running president obama's re-election e
right now. when it comes to battleground voters, the numbers aren't so close. the brand new cnn orc polls are just in. we're breaking them down for you. standby. >>> also millions still without power, baking in record heat in washington, d.c., in the mid-atlantic, days after being clobbered by a deadly monster storm. is there any relief in sight? >>> and an american grad student fights for his life after being violently mauled by two chimps in south africa. ahead, the horrifying details of the attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these numbers just coming in. let's go to the battle for the white house. a brand new cnn o.r.c. poll is just being released right now. take a look at just how tight the race is. among registered voters nationally, nationally. 49% say they are for president obama versus 46% for mitt romney. that's with a 2.5% samplining err error. despite the landmark ruling, there's been no change in the number for either candidate since the last poll that came out in may. look at this, when it comes to voters in the so-called battleground states, abou
. >> bill: cnn uses a song called stupid girls to promote a story about sarah palin and chick-fil-a. bernie goldberg has some thoughts. >> what did they die for? >> they died to remove a brutal dictator who had killed hundreds of thousands of people. >> yeah. >> that's what they died for. >> bill: also tonight we begin a special week long series the most intense, strangest moments in factor history. >> you are dodging, you are dancing. you are supposed to be a straight-up guy. >> bill: caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. dick cheney shaking things up in republic circles, that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. as everybody knows, sarah palin has become a very controversial figure in america. but 4 years ago few new her. she was the governor of alaska but had no national profile. then john mccain chose her as his running mate. in hindsight former vice president dick cheney says that was not a good choice. >> i like governor palin. i have met her. i know her. she is an
, the numbers aren't so close. let's go straight to cnn's joe johns. he's breaking the numbers for us. he's in des moines, iowa, right now. tell our viewers what we're seeing, joe. >> reporter: wolf, there's certainly a lot more to this than meets the eye. the main takeaway is mitt romney is running ahead of the president in some of the states that matter most. conservatives are still shaking their heads. >> it was really a shock. >> i'm dispinted at their position. they came to a position. >> how could one of their own on the supreme court side with liberals onto uphold the institutionalty of the democrat's health care plan. in many ways it was still a conservative decision. >> this was a conservative judicial philosophy that says the role of the courts is to be the last resort, not the first resort. we only strike something down when it's a big piece of regulation if we absolutely have to. that's still quite conservative. >> and this type of thinking shouldn't be a surprise. >> wrong piece there running, obviously. the takeaway on our poll is even though the president maintains a slight
for "starting point" starting on monday morning at 7:00 a.m. i want to send you right now to cnn newsroom with don lemon. >>> looks like fun. have a great weekend. enjoy new orleans, you and everyone there at the table. >>> happening right now in the newsroom, jobs, jobs, jobs. new jobs numbers are out. they just came out, and it's not good for you or for the president. the stakes couldn't be higher with only four more jobs reports to go. before the election. experts say america's undecided voters are starting to make up their minds now. >>> we're on jail watch today as well. george zimmerman, will he post bond and be a free man until his trial? in the newsroom this morning, benjamin crump, attorney for trayvon martin's parents. >>> breaking news out of london to tell you about. terror arrests. the second major bust in just two days. new concerns and new questions this morning. are the olympics being targeted? >>> plus this. >> it's really funny that pepco is actually trying to save face now. about five to six trucks came with anywhere from six to eight different people. the whole process
. it happened in mississippi. they are angry and they are doing something about t stay with cnn. they will be with me live right here later this evening. >>> well, it's becoming a very long hot summer for a big chunk of the country. the heat is making people miserable. heat advisories blanket parts of oklahoma and arkansas. temperature turs spiking from 105 to 113 degrees are in the forecast through thursday. >>> well, the fight for the white house goes overseas. republican mitt romney is in jerusalem today touring holy sites and plunging headfirst into the middle east conflict. cnn's jim acosta is there. >> mitt romney stuck to his pledge but drew big contrast with mr. obama. the may headline, his call for jerusalem to be the undisputed capital of israel. that's something no other u.s. president has called for. it could in flame tensions should romney become president. romney issued a stern warning to iran. should that country continue to develop weapons. here's a portion of the speech. >> make no mistake, they are testing our moral defenses. they want to know who will object a
on cnn openly mocking sarah palin during a hard news segment. wait until you hear this. those reports after these messages. >> bill: in the impact segment tonight, mitt romney is in poland today. in israel over the weekend, romney really stirred it up. >> we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the iranian regime from nuclear course. and it is our fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so. in the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. we recognize israel's right to defend itself and that it is right for america to stabbed with you. governor also said jerusalem is the capital of israel which is, of course, very controversial in the muslim world. joining us from washington to analyze mary katharine ham and juan williams. williams' new book mustled now out in paperback. >> is that a good thing. >> i don't think there is any question. little bit of surprise to me. if you just look at the reality is nobody has any doubt if israel went after iran the u.s. would, of course, back israel. >> i don't know about that juan. barack obama has never sa
very much. cnn newsroom continues right now. everyone have a great saturday. >> all right. you, too. thanks so much. any tennis today? >> oh, yeah, always. >> it's very hot out there. hydrate. >> i promise. then i'll come in and watch newsroom. >> i like. that all right. >> we'll give you a break for a few minutes. >> okay. >> be back in at 2:00. thanks so much. >> all right. a mass shooting one week ago, hard to believe it was just one week ago in colorado. it has a lot of people across the country in mourning today. memorials are taking place for three people killed in that massacre. the victims include a naval petty officer from illinois and, an aspiring sports reporter from texas and a man who was last -- whose last living act was saving his girlfriend from gunfire. all were under the age of 30. we have more on these people, who they were, how they are being remembered. many being laid to rest. in other cases their memorial services, a host of things. >> it's a very emotional day for a lot of the people affected by this theater shooting. as you know, fred, funerals are for a cou
. and with good reason, of course. the cnn/orc poll shows that registered voters are split between choodsing who would better handle the nation's sluggish economy. 48% choose romney, 47% choose obama. when of courasked what issue is important to voters, over half say the economy, of course. the president is trying to blunt the criticism of the weak economy. >> from now until november, the other side is going to spend more money than we have seen before, and they will be raining ads down on your head, and they'll tell you it's all my fault. i can't fix it because i think government is the answer to everything or because i haven't made a lot of money in the private sector. i think everything is doing just fine. that's what all of the scary voices in the ads will tell you. that's what mitt romney will say. that's what republicans in congress will say. and, you know, that's their plan for winning an election, but it's not a plan to create jobs. >> that was thursday before this dismal jobs report. there you see him. dan lothian traveling with the obama bus tour. he is joining us now from northeast oh
martin o'malley, bob mcdonnell, and terry branstad. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >>> this is cnn breaking news. >>> and good morning to you. i'm carol costello. we start with breaking news in the cnn newsroom. in just seconds, 200-page report will be posted online. it involves penn state and how it handled the child rape allegations against jerry sandusky. as you know, this scandal tarnished the legacy of a beloved football coach, damaged penn state's reputation, and left the lives of many of the victims shattered. this internal review conducted by former fbi chief louis free will be posted on the web. this report was paid for by penn state, and it is helped to be scathing. cnn is bringing you all of the angles of the story from penn state and behind. susan candiotti is in philadelphia like with sara ganim. her pulitzer prize-winning reports helped bring much of this to life. we will take you through the legal fallout from today's developments with legal analyst jeffrey toobin and paul calum. has the report been posted yet, susan? >> well, i just been emailed the
lost power during a freak storm one week ago and still at this hour don't have it back. cnn's emily schmidt joins us live from virginia. a state that has been hit hard by the power outages. how are peepiople coping there? >> reporter: it has been a long week. these toppled trees went down over a week ago and that was only the beginning of the problem. then came the heat. this is tenth straight day that the they were has reached at least 95 degrees. today, the temperature here is going well into the triple digits. the storm impact keeps piling up. we were driving through another part of the community in springfield, virginia. we saw some man who was out working on his deck in the middle of the day. we said why are you doing it today? his answer, he's renovating his house and last weekend's storm kept him from working then. now he has to catch up to try to get ready for his contractors. the contractors happen to be in the front yard. they were hauling 150 pounds of concrete one wheelbarrow at a time. that's hard work any day, let alone on this day which could very well break heat reco
of a legal battle. cnn's jim spellman is following the development from arapahoe county, colorado. tell us more on this. >> reporter: yeah. hello. last monday this notebook from james holmes arrived at the university of colorado there in the mail room. addressed to this psychiatrist he was seeing there at the school. so we know that the police came and they took that. now there's this gag order in effect. so law enforcement are not supposed to be talking to the media. but there was apparently what other media outlets called leaks that reported these were writings from holmes saying he was going to hurt people with drawings of people with guns and violent imagery, things like that. so the defense from holmes says, look, there's been the leaks. this is privileged material between a patient and a doctor. we want this material. the da's office says these leaks are inaccurate. they're not right. they don't have accurate sourcing. we don't want to give it to you. the judge said we're going to have a hearing about this monday. we'll decide. what it does tell us though is that, one, he was seeking
opposition wants kofi annan removed saying he has failed to broker a peace plan. a u.s. official tells cnn syria is believed to be moving some of its chemical weapons. why? it is unclear, the answer that is, but the question is causing significant concerns here in the u.s. and abroad. here is barbara starr. >> a new worry about how far al-assad will go to keep his grip on power. the u.s. now believes the syrian regime has moved some of its chemical weapons in recent days. as the fighting continues, u.s. officials will only say the weapons are still under the control of assad forces but a former cia director says make no mistake, the u.s. is urgently trying to gather all the intelligence it can. >> i would see that ratcheting up. you just want to know, look, at the end of the day if something untoward is happening, you want to have as much time as possible to assess what it is and be able to develop a response. >> the pentagon won't comment on the story first reported by the wall street journal but said any use of chemical weapons by syria would be a red line for the international community
intervention. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> now video from northeast india has has gone viral. i must warn you the images you're about to see are disturbing. a young girl attacked and molested by a group of men outside a par. police have arrested four of the 14 suspects. they are charged with molestation, unlawful restraint, vulgar behavior and causing harm. official records show there has been an increase in crimes against women in particular in india. now to northern afghanistan where at least 17 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a wedding. 40 others injured. it seems the target of the attack was a prominent member of the afghan parliament. he was killed as he welcomed guests to his daughter's wedding. no one has claimed responsibility so far. the taliban is suspected. >>> back here at home turning to politics, president obama's campaign has released a new ad today featuring mitt romney singing america the beautiful. obama's campaign charges in the ad that romney either shipped jobs, outsourced, or forward portions of his portfolio to other countries and it comes as the
to get right to cnn's jim acosta. he's covering mitt romney today delivering some major messages of his own in this race for the white house. jim acosta is joining us from boston right now. what's going on on this day as far as the republican presidential candidate, jim, is concerned? >> reporter: wolf, the back and forth in this campaign right now is all about four words the president said nearly a week ago, the words you didn't build that. the comment has the romney campaign building a new line of attack that is resonating with republicans. republicans hope it's a sign mitt romney is back in business. >> when the president said that, if you got a business, you didn't build it, come here and talk to brian. and you'll learn that in fact he did build this business. >> i take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses. >> now, i'm know some people that think what the president said was just a gaffe. it wasn't a gaffe. it was instead his ideology. >> reporter: on a day he was expected to stay behind closed doors, he was at a truck repair company near his boston
to find out? >> cnn has been able to independently confirm four of the 12 people that were killed early friday in aurora, colorado, at the movie theater. just into cnn earlier this morning, matt mcquinn being listed among the deceased. his family, like many others, spending hours agonizing, only to find out that their loved one was deceased. he was at the movie with his girlfriend and her brother and died while trying to save his girlfriend, shielding her from those bullets. to make matters even worse for her, the hospital would not confirm his condition, because they are not related. i want you to take a look at this next photo, alex sullivan, who planned to celebrate his 27th birthday with a special midnight showing there of "the dark knight." he was also anticipating his first wedding anniversary celebration on sunday, with his wife, you see there. he's described by his uncle as a funny guy, witty, smart, with a big heart. and you can tell right there from those photos that he was definitely a loving man. his family released a statement to cnn saying, the sullivan family lost a cheri
a developing story. details continue to come into cnn. but here's what we can tell you right now. two americans have been kidnapped along with their tour guide in the sinai peninsula region. the third such kidnapping in that region this year. the region is popular among tourists. cnn foreign affairs reporter is on the ground in cairo and joins me now. elise, tell us what is different about this kidnapping when compared to the other ones? >> reporter: well, randi, what's different is usually these kidnappings are about criminal activity, trying to make a little money, so they kidnap americans and usually there's a steep ransom paid and then released after a short period of time. this time the kidnappers have some demands. they're trying to get some relatives detained in alexandra, egypt, on some drug charges. so they're trying to trade these hostages, if you will, for the relatives. egyptian authorities say they're working on it. u.s. embassy is kind of leaving it up to the egyptian authorities. obviously want to get those americans home safely. >> there are very specific demands that they're ma
think. my handle # christineromans. have a great weekend. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn saturday morning." shopping with your credit card today? soon you might have to pay more per swipe. the $7 billion credit card company settlement is being called a victory for retailers, but it could be a loss for you. plus, a wave of homicides hit u.s. cities, chicago compared to afghanistan. a spade of shootings rattle new york. all morning we'll put murder in america in focus. >>> and later, an incredible story of survival, a month in the desert, no food, no supplies. how one man was rescued just hours from death. >>> good morning everybody. i'm randi kaye. we start this hour with a historic credit card settlement that could have you paying more out of your pocket. if you're just joining us, here's the deal. visa, mastercard and some of the country's biggest banks have agreed to a massive settlement with retailers that totals a whopping $7.25 billion. the lawsuit centers around credit card swipe fees. merchants allege credit card companies were fixing the price on tho
>>> from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday morning." it is saturday, july 7th. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thousands of people are trying to keep their cool as the mercury rises and patience wanes to get the power back on. >>> health officials scramble to identify a mystery illness that is killing almost every child it infects in cambodia. >>> and it's a special day for us and for ringo starr. the beatles legend joins us this hour on his birthday to celebrate, of course, with us, and to talk about his new album and the motivation behind his continued success. >>> slow and steady is proving to be a losing combination for hundreds of thousands of people across the mid-atlantic and northeast who have been without power now for a full week. and it will be getting even hotter in many cities today. the record-breaking temperatures are blamed for several deaths and catastrophes for many businesses. emily schmidt joins us from springfield, virginia, with much more on that. emily, tell us what the situation is there. >> reporter: hi, randi. the power back on in this neigh
has had little effect on the latest cnn poll of polls which shows the race nearly deadlocked. but another poll from usa today and gallup could be more worrisome for romney. it shows a majority of americans want to see more of the gop contender's tax returns. something mrs. romney told abc is not happening. >> you just want to give more material for more attack. that's just the answer. and we've given all people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life. >> reporter: meanwhile, romney may be getting a lifeline from all people -- former house speaker nans si pelosi said earlier today that too much time in this campaign has been spent on the tax return issue. meanwhile, over in the senate john mccain tells cnn's piers morgan, his team found nothing in the tax returns that would have disqualified romney in his own vice presidential search four years ago. wolf. >> so i take it this notion that we had earlier in the week that a vice presidential running mate could be selected before he heads off to london for the olympic games and then
-down interviews including ones with cnn's wolf blitzer and piers morgan. still the obama campaign slammed romney as not ready for primetime while the trip got a more sympathetic response from the white house. >> these are high stakes enterprises that pulling them off is a lot harder than it looks. that they can be very tense especially if they're not going well. >> reporter: signaling that it's turning the page the romney campaign unveiled a new smartphone app adesigned to announce the pick in a few weeks. >> i know what it's like to hire people and wonder whether you're going to make ends meet down the road. >> reporter: romney never openly criticized the president during this overseas trip, but all of that will change later this week when romney heads to the battleground state of colorado, joe. >> jim, i think the question at this stage is whether we've seen an apology from the aide who had that sort of misuse of words there, if you will. >> reporter: joe, there was no official apology from the campaign, but that aide did call a couple of reporters, he did apologize over the phone and the apol
he misspoke in that conference call. let's bring in our cnn chief political analyst gloria borger in "the situation room" as well. the ad we just saw in dan's piece, part of a broader picture that the obama administration, the obama campaign is trying to project. >> as you know this is the summer when it's time to define your opponent. it's not rocket science here, wolf. what the obama campaign is trying to do is paint a very, very unflattering portrait of mitt romney. he is, according to the obama campaign, secretive, tax avoiding businessman who outsources jobs and cares nothing about the middle class. that is of course on top of his wealth. so it's a caricature but sometimes care ka churs can stick particularly when you're spending $25 million a month most of which is in negative advertising. so that can stick. and the problem for romney right now is that unless he releases his taxes or continues to -- or give some more information about his taxes or even bain, these questions will be raised. don't forget, wolf, you were there. these questions were raised by his republican oppo
colleague, cnn producer is live in tripoli. it's a historic day. what's the mood among the people right now and is voter turnout good? >> gary, it's been an incredible day. people here, there's a sense of national pride. people are driving around tripoli in their cars waving the free libya flag and showing their inked fingers, a sign of pride in a post-revolution arab countries these days. the turnout so far has been pretty good according to the electoral commission. we expect to hear more when the polls close. they're expected to close in about two hours. possible extensions to that. so far we are told more voters than expected have turned out. >> who's on the ballot today? >> well, that is one of the key issues here, gary, is people are overwhelmed by the choice. thousands of candidates are running in this election for the national congress. most of them are virtually unknown to the libyan population who, for more than 40 years, knew one man only, moammar gadhafi, and today, his picture was replaced by the pictures of thousands of people. some are individual candidates running, others are
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, authorities are getting increasingly concern. >> thank you very much. >>> you're in the "cnn newsroom." let's begin with history. being made today in the nation of libya after 40 years of moammar gadhafi's rule, libyans lined up to vote in the country's first free election ever. they're electioning a national assembly that will be responsible for appointing a traditional government. our reporter is live in tripoli. thank you for joining us. the polls closed about an hour ago. we're hearing the turnout was very heavy. is that what you've been seeing? >> reporter: well, gary, the polls might have closed but the celebration is not over. people are out on the streets driving around, their horns, as you might hear right hundred me to the tune of lift your head up high. you are a free libyan. a lot of jubilation and celebration on this day for libyans and yes, the turnout according to electoral officials has been really high. about five hours ago, the electoral commission announced that 1.2 million, that is, out of 2.8 million registered voters did turn out and vote. there were a lot of people wh
through israel. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." the news continues next on cnn. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. live in colorado. you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm standing in front of the detention center where the accused movie theater shooter, james holmes, is being held. of course, he's accused of going on a shooting rampage inside a colorado movie theater last week. 12 people were killed, 50 others were wounded. four of the victims were remembered in services today and we'll have the very latest from colorado in just a moment. but first, we want to get you up to speed on other stories making headlines. >> well, in syria, we can only begin to imagine the horror facing the residents there in aleppo. government tanks are pounding neighborhoods. cnn's ivan watson on the ground there says the free syrian army is making the military pay. >> reporter: i've been speaking with one rebel operative who says that a column of syrian army tanks tried to enter the flashpoint neighborhood in the southwest of aleppo this morning and he claims that rebel fighters succeed with rocket-
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